VMSA-2012-0009 : VMware Workstation, Player, Fusion, ESXi and ESX patches address critical security issues

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Synopsis :

The remote VMware ESXi / ESX host is missing one or more
security-related patches.

Description :

a. VMware host memory overwrite vulnerability (data pointers)

Due to a flaw in the handler function for RPC commands, it is
possible to manipulate data pointers within the VMX process.
This vulnerability may allow a guest user to crash the VMX
process or potentially execute code on the host.

Workaround

- Configure virtual machines to use less than 4 GB of memory.
Virtual machines that have less than 4GB of memory are not
affected.

OR

- Disable VIX messages from each guest VM by editing the
configuration file (.vmx) for the virtual machine as described
in VMware Knowledge Base article 1714. Add the following line :
isolation.tools.vixMessage.disable = 'TRUE'.
Note: This workaround is not valid for Workstation 7.x and
Fusion 3.x

Mitigation

- Do not allow untrusted users access to your virtual machines.
Root or Administrator level permissions are not required to
exploit this issue.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-1516 to this issue.

VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Ridgeway Internet
Security, L.L.C. for reporting this issue to us.

b. VMware host memory overwrite vulnerability (function pointers)

Due to a flaw in the handler function for RPC commands, it is
possible to manipulate function pointers within the VMX process.
This vulnerability may allow a guest user to crash the VMX
process or potentially execute code on the host.

Workaround

- None identified

Mitigation

- Do not allow untrusted users access to your virtual machines.
Root or Administrator level permissions are not required to
exploit this issue.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-1517 to this issue.

VMware would like to thank Derek Soeder of Ridgeway Internet
Security, L.L.C. for reporting this issue to us.

c. ESX NFS traffic parsing vulnerability

Due to a flaw in the handling of NFS traffic, it is possible to
overwrite memory. This vulnerability may allow a user with
access to the network to execute code on the ESXi/ESX host
without authentication. The issue is not present in cases where
there is no NFS traffic.

Workaround
- None identified

Mitigation
- Connect only to trusted NFS servers
- Segregate the NFS network
- Harden your NFS server

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-2448 to this issue.

d. VMware floppy device out-of-bounds memory write

Due to a flaw in the virtual floppy configuration it is possible
to perform an out-of-bounds memory write. This vulnerability may
allow a guest user to crash the VMX process or potentially
execute code on the host.

Workaround

- Remove the virtual floppy drive from the list of virtual IO
devices. The VMware hardening guides recommend removing unused
virtual IO devices in general.

Mitigation

- Do not allow untrusted root users in your virtual
machines. Root or Administrator level permissions are required
to exploit this issue.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-2449 to this issue.

e. VMware SCSI device unchecked memory write

Due to a flaw in the SCSI device registration it is possible to
perform an unchecked write into memory. This vulnerability may
allow a guest user to crash the VMX process or potentially
execute code on the host.

Workaround

- Remove the virtual SCSI controller from the list of virtual IO
devices. The VMware hardening guides recommend removing unused
virtual IO devices in general.

Mitigation

- Do not allow untrusted root users access to your virtual
machines. Root or Administrator level permissions are
required to exploit this issue.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CVE-2012-2450 to this issue.

See also :

http://lists.vmware.com/pipermail/security-announce/2012/000182.html

Solution :

Apply the missing patches.

Risk factor :

High / CVSS Base Score : 9.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C)
CVSS Temporal Score : 6.7
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: VMware ESX Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 58977 ()

Bugtraq ID: 53369
53371

CVE ID: CVE-2012-1516
CVE-2012-1517
CVE-2012-2448
CVE-2012-2449
CVE-2012-2450